Teaching Latinx History with Bilingual Primary Sources

Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Teaching and Western History Association

Friday, April 1, 2022, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Type: Virtual Session

Tags: Borderlands; Immigration and Internal Migration; Latino/a


Over half of today’s undergraduates studied Spanish in high school or are Heritage speakers (SHL). Historians regularly conduct research in languages in which they are not 100% fluent; students can, too. Teaching Latinx History with sources in Spanish and Spanglish shows students the academic value of the Spanish they already know while elevating their primary source analysis skills. It also enhances SHL speakers’ feelings of academic competence and belonging. In this workshop, an historian and an SHL expert will discuss their pedagogical collaboration, conduct a sample lesson, and inspire ideas for your classroom. “Fluency” not required for instructors, either.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Julie M. Weise, University of Oregon
Julie M. Weise is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon. Her first book, Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), received the Merle Curti Award for best book in U.S. social history from the Organization of American Historians among other honors. More information and bilingual primary sources are available at http://corazondedixie.org. In addition, Dr. Weise is co-producer of a youth-focused podcast about this history, Nuestro South . She has written op-eds for the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post and has been interviewed by news outlets including Univision.com and NPR. Her current project, “Moving Citizens: Migrant Political Cultures in the Era of State Control,” explores the history of postwar labor migrants on three continents. Since 2015, she has taught the bilingual “Latinos in the Americas” lower-division History course at the University of Oregon, which she developed with Claudia Holguín.

Panelist: Claudia Holguin Mendoza, University of California, Riverside
Dr. Claudia Holguín Mendoza (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) is an Assistant Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of California, Riverside. She specializes in the sociolinguistics of race in the Mexican borderlands and Greater Mexico as well as critical pedagogies for the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language. She publishes in both English and Spanish and her work has appeared in journals such as International Multilingual Research Journal, Hispania, Studies in Hispanic & Lusophone Linguistics, Identities, and Frontera Norte. She is the former director of the Spanish as a Heritage Language program at the University of Oregon, where she co-developed and co-taught a bilingual Latinx History course with Julie Weise.